The Crypt of Civilization is a sealed airtight chamber built between 1937 and 1940 at Oglethorpe University in Brookhaven, Georgia, in Metro Atlanta. The 2,000-cubic-foot (57 m 3) room contains numerous artifacts and documents, and is designed for opening in the year 8113 AD.
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In the post-apocalyptic world, man's mysterious relics meet very different fates, including those in a site in the U.S. called the "Crypt of Civilization". Other crypts, safes, and time capsules are exposed to new threats. An abandoned Mental Hospital in Connecticut offers clues regarding man's ability to preserve records.
A swimming-pool-sized room in Atlanta, Ga. hasn't seen the light of day since 1940, and it won't for another 6,1oo years. To provide more evidence for future generations than we have about the past, then-president of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Thornwell Jacobs, turned this room into the first modern time capsule, called the Crypt of Civilization.
One day in March 1963, as workers were building Houston's Astrodome, politicians and business leaders gathered at the construction site. They held a brief ceremony and placed a time capsule of mementos into a hole. Workers then covered it over and resumed construction of the 9-acre complex.
With the passing of another year, only 6,108 years remain until our descendants can open the time capsule known as the Crypt of Civilization. Sealed in 1940 on the campus of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, the crypt, which was originally a swimming pool, contains a record of human endeavor from the beginning of recorded history.
One of the things I love most about archives is the way they allow us to connect directly with the past. When I come across something interesting, I feel as though I've discovered a piece of hidden truth or insight that has been left just for me.